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Volkswagen showcases ID Roomzz concept at Shanghai Auto Show

We saw the teaser earlier this month but now we get a closer look at Volkswagen’s new electric car concept. The ID Roomzz expands the automaker’s electric car lineup into the full-size SUV territory. This concept is a three-row SUV that will be heading into production in 2021. VW has only committed to bringing this to China so far. Style-wise it looks similar to the smaller Crozz. It has 301hp dual motors and it has a range of 280 miles and goes from 0-62mph in 6.6 seconds.

The ID Roomzz is designed with autonomous driving in mind and includes Level 4 autonomy (which is full self-driving in most conditions). The seats can recline and turn 25 degrees inward to create a “lounge-like” atmosphere when you let it take the will. The traditional dash is replaced by an all-glass panel with a giant infotainment display in the center. There are “interactive light zones” that show the info to everyone inside. We doubt this will make the initial production model, but it at least shows us where VW wants to take this tech.

Source: Engadget


Waymo opens subsidiary in China

Alphabet company and former Google self-driving project Waymo just opened a subsidiary in China. And no, it’s not to test out its self-driving cars. Huimo Business Consulting Co. (which sounds rather similar to Waymo) is there to work on building a supplier network for the company. Huimo opened in Shanghai on May 22 and according to a filing with China’s National Enterprise Credit Information Publicity System, it was set up with 3.5 million yuan (around CA$670,000) with Waymo listed as an investor. According to the filling the subsidiary will focus on logistics consulting, supply chain, and autonomous driving parts and product design.

Source: TechCrunch


Cadillac's Super Cruise: Going Handsfree on the Highway

Text and photos by Emily Chung.

Cadillac has introduced Super Cruise, the world’s first handsfree driving technology for the highway. This system allows drivers to let go of the wheel (and pedals) on divided, limited-access freeways with defined on and off ramps. Essentially, ‘limited-access’ means that the freeways have controlled access, which include the provincial highways (e.g. 400-series highways in Ontario). Cadillac engineers have validated and mapped over 210,000 kilometres of highways and freeways in Canada and the US for the system. Hit jump for our hands on, or rather, hands off this impressive new autonomous driving technology.

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Toyota now has a self-driving car company to focus on software systems

Toyota fully committing to its autonomous driving initiatives and is now making sure the research it has been working on in the field gets the focus it needs. The company just established the Toyota Research Institute-Advanced Development or TRI-AD, for short. It’s a sub-company underneath the Toyota Research Institute, which is already working on the company’s self-driving car programs. Toyota is partnering with auto-parts manufacturer Aisin Seiki and Denso and will be investing US$2.8 billion into the company and hire around 1,000 employees for the company.

The focus of TRI-AD will be on developing software systems for self-driving vehicles. “Building production-quality software is a critical success factor for Toyota’s automated driving program,” said Dr. James Kuffner, the former CTO of TRI and the new CEO of TRI-AD. “This company’s mission is to accelerate software development in a more effective and disruptive way, by augmenting the Toyota Group’s capability through the hiring of world-class software engineers. We will recruit globally, and I am thrilled to lead this effort.”

Source: BGR